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Doctor Strange’s End Credits Scenes: What do they Mean for the MCU?

EXTREME SPOILER WARNING FOR DOCTOR STRANGE

I was going to provide an in-depth analysis of the two end credits scenes from Doctor Strange…..but Looper had already done it.  Doctor Strange itself made it clear that the Eye of Agamotto is the Time Gem and the fifth of the six gems that Thanos is looking to fill the Infinity Gauntlet.  Most likely, we’ll find out the last one either in Guardians Volume 2 or Thor: Ragnarok next year.  Speaking of Thor 3, the first end credits sequence brings the return of the Odinson for the first time since Age of Ultron and is a great set-up for that film, which we now know will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.  The scene also implies that Odin is still alive, a plot thread left nebulous since the final scene of Thor: The Dark World.

Doctor Strange, Thor, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch

Oh Mordo, you just aren’t very bendy, are you?  The inflexible and disillusioned Baron Mordo is clearly set up as the bad guy for the second Doctor Strange film, which will most likely happen in 2020’s Phase Four post-Infinity War.  What is clear from both scenes is that Doctor Strange is here to stay as a major player in the MCU’s future.
Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Strange

Best of the MCU Super Cut Trailer

If you’re not following CLS Videos on YouTube, you’re missing out on some truly fantastic supercuts.  Today, in honor of Captain America: Civil War hitting stores, we offer up CLS’ supercut of the best of the MCU.  This seven minute trailer incorporates, I believe, every character in the MCU introduced to-date, including some from Doctor Strange (which won’t even open until November.  It’s a celebration of all Marvel Studios has done to create this shared cinematic universe and bring to the screen something Marvel fans have loved about the comics for decades. From Issue #1 (Iron Man) to the upcoming issue #14 (Dr. Strange), here’s the very best of the MCU.

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POLL Results: Best MCU Villain

August’s poll asked the question, “Who’s the best baddie so far?” when it comes to the 13 films and four TV series that have so far made up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Marvel bucked the established trend in comic movies before Iron Man, which was that the villain was the centerpiece of the film and the hero’s journey was shaped by their adversary.  Marvel’s films and series are very much hero-centric.  The readers had no doubt as to whom the top villain was.  Tom Hiddleston’s god of mischief was the star of Phase One of the MCU, and continued to expand his character in Phase Two, and I’m sure will have an impact in Phase Three both in Thor: Ragnarok, but in the Infinity War, as well. Continue reading POLL Results: Best MCU Villain

POLL: Best MCU Villain

August’s poll asks the question, “Who’s the best baddie so far?” when it comes to the 13 films and four TV series that have so far made up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Marvel bucked the established trend in comic movies before Iron Man, which was that the villain was the centerpiece of the film and the hero’s journey was shaped by their adversary.  Marvel’s films and series are very much hero-centric.  The villains tend to spring out of the origins or plot journey of the hero rather than, say, X-Men or Sony’s Spider-Man or past DC movies, which put the villain first. Continue reading POLL: Best MCU Villain

The Road to Captain America: Civil War (Amazing Super Cut!)

The MCU Exchange has put together a fantastic super cut trailer that shows how the plot lines that will explode in Captain America: Civil War have been slowly converging over the course of the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It’s a fantastic tribute, really, to the plotting and pre-planning that has made the MCU such a success and the lack of it has caused the DC Cinematic Universe to barely get off the ground.  There are just as many pieces in play in Captain America: Civil War as there are in Batman vs. Superman, if not more.  However, I’m not worried at all about Civil War, and I’m dreading BvS.

Captain America: Civil War, Captain America, Iron Man

The Russo Brothers have proven themselves with Cap 2, and the MCU has proven itself time and again.  I hear a lot of blowback on Age of Ultron online, but the movie was good.  Was it the best MCU film?  No.  Do you realize how high that bar is now?  AOU, I think was wrongly anticipated to be a climax like the first Avengers film was.  In reality, it was much more like Iron Man 2 in that it established several other movies, moved the story along and served as a pivot.  I think Civil War is actually the movie that people thought AOU was going to be, because this is the one that will change things forever.  I know that’s tried and true comic book hype, but it’s accurate.  The MCU as we know it will cease to exist after Civil War hits on May 3, 2016.
Captain America: Civil War, Captain America, Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans